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Samars posted 06-29-2001 08:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for Samars   Send Email to Samars  
Ok....just aquired a 1967 13 foot Whaler....The wife' grandfather gave it to us, totally original...Evinrude and all the works. I removed all the mahogany and am in the process of refinishing...spider cracks are all over the inside and out of the hull. The boat is sound and stable though and the motor does run.....My question, most lakes where I fish are either 9'9 or less horsepower or electric only, what pound thrust electric will do the job with this boat? Also, has anyone ever used a smaller motorcycle battery for just starting the outboard moter...sounds like it would work and save space...
Duncan posted 06-30-2001 07:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
I have a 1969 13 ( some water in the foam so it's a bit heavy). I've turned it into a "flats boat" like the one's you see for twenty grand. I have a 30" shaft, thirty pound minn-kota cheapo on the casting deck on the bow. It's got the 27 series deep cycle in a homemade center console and a (long) ten foot run of 6 gauge cable up to the motor on the bow which robs some power....

...barely sufficient

If I were going to use it as my sole source of power for a day of fishing, I'd go big-- not only on the motor poundage ,say 44#, 36" shaft, I'd have dual batteries, perhaps wired in tamdem or series or whatever you call that.

As far as the motorcycle Battery... if it starts the engine, its fine. You can always use the Deep Cycle from the Electric motor as a back up starting battery. I used my 27 series deep cycle to start my 35 HP.

bc posted 06-30-2001 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
I live in Knoxville TN, right now I'm in Huntsville, AL visiting Mom and Dad.

1981 15' sport w/ 70 hp Johnson.

I drive around alot around east Tenn. and see 10 or so whalers either avertised or out for sale. Thrifty nickle in Huntsville, there is a 13' for $395

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